Put Your Best Foot Forward
- The interview is your opportunity to shine! Be confident and put your best foot forward.
- Be prepared to share related experiences, skills, and accomplishments.
- Offer detailed and specific examples that demonstrate your "fit" for the position.
- Dress to impress (most industries prefer business suits).
- Know the industry standards and company history.
- Remember that regardless of how much experience you have, what your GPA is, who you know, or how great your resume appears, if you are not able to interview successfully, you will not get the job. Your resume gets you to the interview, and your interview gets you the job.
Schedule a Practice "Mock" Interview
If you have an upcoming interview scheduled or just begun your job search, you can schedule an appointment with a career advisor to go over the fine points of interviewing. Being well prepared to promote yourself to an employer will help you stay relaxed and confident. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing and to polish your answers just by practicing with us. You’ll learn everything from how to properly introduce yourself to how to negotiate salary once you’ve been offered a position. Also, we can meet as many times as you feel is necessary! So contact us for an appointment and let us help you get that dream job!
Create a List of Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Almost always, at the end of an interview the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Come prepared with questions you can ask that demonstrate your understanding of the organization and interest in the position. It’s okay to have these written down. And it also makes a good impression if you quickly jot down the answers given. You don’t want to ask questions that were already answered in the course of the interview so plan a list of 5 to 7 questions so you will be ready.
Here are a few suggestions:
- What is a typical day like?
- Why is this position open? Is it a new position in the company?
- To whom does this position report?
- What are your expectations of the person hired for this position within the first 30 days?
- What do you like about working here?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
- And any other industry related questions you may have.
WHAT NOT TO ASK!
- Salary, you will never mention salary unless you have officially been offered the position. Please see a career advisor as to how to best navigate the, “ So how much money do you need to make?” question.
- Time off, lunch breaks, and other compensation issues. These items will be addressed if a job offer is made, and you’ll have a chance to address them at that time.
Next Day: Immediately send a thank you note to each person who interviewed you. They may be meeting with a long list of candidates, so it’s best to make contact while they still remember you. Keep it brief, but consider the following:
- Reference something you discussed in the meeting. Again, you want them to remember you, so this might help make a stronger connection.
- Clarify any questions you stumbled on during the interview. If you forgot to bring up a relevant certification, for example, this is a good time to mention it.
- Express appreciation for their time and consideration. The interview process can be labor and resource intensive. This is a good time to show your gratitude and reinforce your interest in the position.
Written correspondence (i.e., physically mailing a letter) is rare these days, but is appropriate if a longer hiring timeline has been given. If your correspondence with the company has been primarily via email, it’s okay to send a thank you note via email.
Next Week: If you haven’t heard anything within the employer’s given timeline, wait a week after the interview, and then send an email to follow-up on the process. Keep it brief, thank them again, and express your interest. It is possible to overdo it and pester employers, so if you still don’t get a response let it go and move on with your search. Remember, you don’t have the job until you’ve signed a written offer letter. Keep looking for positions and applying for jobs. Don’t stop your search, even if the interview went well and you assume the job is yours.